Spier Art Walk: Hotel

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    15 Apr 2019
    Clock 20min      Length1mi
    1 rating

    Golden Muses

    Pay wave

    On your right are the nine Golden Muses, affectionately known as the Golden Girls.

    Feel free to stop and have a look or continue walking while I tell you about them.

    They are by the artist Sir Bernard Sindall. It was said that his sculpture subjects seemed "full of life and are usually overweight, mischievious... and imperfect."

    The term "Muses" refers to the nine daughters of the Greek god Zeus. Each Muse presides over a different art or science, and each has her own emblem.

    The Muses controversially graced the glazed canopy over the entrance of the Barbican in London, but were removed in 1997 by the Barbican's then new Managing Director. His office overlooked the Muse's backsides and he was thought to be so enraged at having to look at them every day that he ordered them removed! They were eventually acquired by Spier Wine Farm in 1998.

    Keep walking straight.

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